A couple of months back, Samsung announced a new ultra high resolution 108 MegaPixel sensor for smartphone cameras. At the time we didn't know where this sensor would first show up, but now we have our answer: Xiaomi. This week the company is introducing the industry’s first smartphones with a five-module (penta) camera setup, including the 108 MP sensor from Samsung. Dubbed the Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro (and in China, the Mi CC9 Pro/Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition), these new phones are aimed specifically at photographers, with Xiaomi taking an upper-mid-range platform and giving it one of the most extensive camera arrays on the market.

Without any doubts, the key feature of Xiaomi’s Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro devices (and their Chinese equivalents) is their five-module rear camera featuring Samsung’s ICOCELL bright HMX 108 MP wide-angle 1/1.33-inch sensor with a 4-axis OIS, 4-in-1 pixel binning, and a 7-piece lens assembly (an 8-piece in case of the Pro model). In addition to the gargantuan 108 MP sensor, the camera array also has a 20 MP 117º ultra-wide-angle module, a 12 MP telephone module, a 5 MP telephoto module for 10x hybrid and 50x digital zoom, and a 2 MP macro camera. The whole camera setup is equipped with a quad-LED dual-tone flash. And along with the main camera, the smartphones come with a 32 MP 'waterdrop' selfie camera.

To view high-quality photos, the flagship smartphone camera is paired with a 6.47-inch SAMOLED display featuring a 2340×1080 resolution, a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 600 nits peak brightness, the DCI-P3 color gamut, and HDR10 support.

Meanwhile, at the heart of the Xiaomi’s Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro smartphones is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 730G SoC, which is one of Qualcomm's upper-mid-range SoCs and features two Kryo 470 Gold cores, six Kryo 470 Silver cores, and Adreno 618 graphics. That SoC is accompanied by 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage in case of the regular model, as well as 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage in case of the Pro model. The handsets are powered by a non-removable Li-Po 5260 mAh battery.

Rounding out the package, the new phones feature 4G/LTE, Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.0, a USB 2.0 Type-C connector, an under-display fingerprint reader, as well as all the other essential features that we come to expect in late 2019. However as these aren't full flagship-level phones, you won't find much in the way of advanced features: the phones aren't listed as dust and water resistant, there's no wireless charging, and they do not have a microSD card slot (which is a bit odd given the target audience).

The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Family
  Mi Note 10 Mi Note 10 Pro
600 nits
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Storage 128 GB of NAND flash
256 GB of NAND flash
Local Connectivity Wi-Fi  802.11ac Wi-Fi
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0
Data/Charging USB 2.0 Type-C
Audio 3.5-mm jack
stereo speakers
active noice cancellation
Rear Camera Main 108 MP, f/1.69, 25mm
Ultrawide 20 MP, f/2.2, 13mm
Laser AF
Telephoto 12 MP, f/2.0, 50mm
Dual Pixel PDAF, Laser AF, 2x optical zoom
Telephoto 2 5 MP, f/2.0
PDAF, Laser AF, OIS, 5x optical zoom
Macro 2 MP, f/2.4
Main Lense Assembly 7 pieces 8 pieces
Front Camera 32 MP, f/2.0, 0.8µm
Battery Capacity 5260 mAh
Expected Life ? ?
SIM Size Nano SIM + Nano Sim
Sensors accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Biometric Security Fingerprint Yes
Facial Recognition - -
Dimensions Height 157.8 mm | 6.21 inches
Width 74.2 mm | 2.92 inches
Thickness 9.7 mm | 0.38 inches
Weight 208 grams
Colors Midnight Black
Aurora Green
Glacier White
Protection Drop ? ?
Splashes - -
OS Google Android 9.0 with MIUI 11
Launch Countries China, Europe initially
Price €549 €649

Xiaomi's Mi Note 10 smartphone will be available in Midnight Black, Aurora Green, and Glacier White in Europe starting mid-November for €549. The Mi Note 10 Pro model will be priced at €649.

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Sources: Xiaomi, GSMArena

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  • s.yu - Thursday, November 7, 2019 - link

    GSMA's review is out and although they don't do shootouts like Andrei nearly as often they have the same scenes shot with 108MP and 27MP respectively, AFAICT from the first shot with a half concealed sun in the window reflection (the rest are low DR shots to begin with) the 108MP and 27MP mode have identical DR, I was surprised as well.
  • BedfordTim - Monday, November 11, 2019 - link

    I suspect the HDR algorithm is applied to both shots. The AI does a surprisingly good job of generating detail in the 108MP given the lens is only 27MP. Regular patterns are nicely enhanced but areas like grass reveal the actual resolution. I would like to see if you could generate the detail just as well in post processing on a PC.
  • wiki mob123 - Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - link

    The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro Max design is beautiful
    The screen comes with a high frequency at last
    The processor in Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro Max is excellent in the mid-range category
    The RAM is large with a large internal space.
    Back cameras.
    Redmi Note 10 Pro Max's battery is bigger with fast charging.
    There are almost all of the sensors.

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  • damianrobertjones - Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - link

    Drops phone. Breaks screen. Cannot get past the authentication. All new items lost.

    SDCard model: "Phew, glad I saved the new files to the sd card!"
  • Death666Angel - Thursday, November 7, 2019 - link

    That is quite the big battery. I'll have to take a look at reviews once they come out. Currently looking at the Mi 9T Pro, OnePlus 7 Pro and now this as my next phone.
  • ZolaIII - Thursday, November 7, 2019 - link

    The reviews are already popping up for instance you can find one on GSM Arena. Despite large battery the endure is disappointing (for now) thanks to MiUI 11.
  • BedfordTim - Thursday, November 7, 2019 - link

    TrustedReviews on the other hand didn't charge the phone in the two days they had it.
  • s.yu - Thursday, November 7, 2019 - link

    I'm used to phone endurance varying greatly depending on the status of the cellular network.
  • PeachNCream - Thursday, November 7, 2019 - link

    I'd like to see a single, more sane camera and more internal volume dedicated to battery capacity. If you're going to force us to cope with sealed batteries for phones that cost over $500, at least give us the biggest possible capacity so as it degrades, we can continue making use of our outrageously priced cell for more than 2 years.
  • s.yu - Thursday, November 7, 2019 - link

    By more sane you mean with a smaller CMOS? One with a lower resolution does make sense because the amount of data is definitely a significant reason why their processing is far from Google's, but they've proven that this size certainly doesn't hurt on a modern smartphone.

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